Report: TVT Releases Much Of Its Staff
February 19, 2008 at 10:07 AM (PT)
NEW YORK-based independent record label TVT RECORDS reportedly terminated the majority of their employees MONDAY (2/18), sources revealed to ALLHIPHOP.COM. TVT, which is home to major recording stars like LIL JON & THE EASTSIDE BOYZ, PITBULL, YING YANG TWINS, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE and others, is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week.
TVT RECORDS was founded by its current President, STEVE GOTTLIEB, who launched the label out of his NEW YORK CITY apartment in 1985. The label's first release was a double-LP set of television theme songs called "Tee Vee Toons," hence the TVT moniker.
In addition to Hip-Hop music, the label released music by NINE INCH NAILS and other influential Modern Rock, Electronica, Industrial and Nu-Metal bands. It is not known how the bankruptcy filing will affect the label’s release schedule, which includes LIL’ JON’s highly anticipated album, "Crunk Rock."
Looks like no severance for those who left TVT RECORDS yesterday (2/18). Here's who is out, and how to reach them:
Nat'l Dir./Rhythm Promo JOE HECHT (917) 821-5420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nat'l Dir./Rock & Adult Promo ELLENA OSIS (646) 265-0053 or email@example.com
MID-SOUTH Regional MIKE SNOW (214) 995-7410 or firstname.lastname@example.org, AIM: blueshot
Nat'l Promotion Coordintor DORINA FAVELA (312) 493-8369 or email@example.com
Nat'l Dir./Marketing-A&R MICHELLE OAKES (917) 930-4988 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dir. Nat'l Accounts/Field Marketing LANCE SANCHEZ (917) 754-8104 or AIM: jcaffreys
Art Dir. BEN WHEELOCK (646) 226-6391, IM: etowernyc
Interim VP/Urban A&R JAMES EICHELBERGER (732)269-6990 or Dress4lessinc@msn.com.
HECHT told ALL ACCESS, "I don't talk to the press, and I don't take pictures for the paparazzi, but it looks like this reorganization will hopefully help things. I am still working with TVT on a consultancy basis for now."